Takkoku no Iwaya

The grotto where “Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo Temple” is built is said to be the place where Emishi (northerners) such as Akuro-O had been holding a fort that once was repeating rough behavior in this place. In 801, Commander SAKANOUE no Tamuramaro, who has ordered by Emperor Kanmu, went to this place as the Generalissimo for the Subjugation of Barbarians (Seii Taishogun) and broke Emishi at the end of the fierce battle. SAKANOUE no Tamuramaro was the man who built the Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto. SAKANOUE no Tamuramaro who felt “Victory is thanks to Bishamonten (Vaisravana)” built monastery that imitated ‘Kiyomizu no Butai’ (the stage of Kiyomizu) in this grotto. And he dedicated 108 Bishamonten statues and made it prayer place to quell the country.


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